is rapidly advancing in today's society. We have gotten to a point where we can shut our garage door
each morning using a solar-powered
garage door opener. You can exercise-cum-charge your cell phone thanks to bike-powered cell phone chargers. There are ways to green your life around every corner just waiting to be discovered.
These little aspects of our lives do add up to make a big difference, but electrical power generation continues to be a concern with regard to the environment. For many, the cost, size, care, and maintenance of living off the grid prohibit us from making the jump.
But for those of us with some extra money and a sense of adventure at potentially getting a jumpstart on the future of technology, this can be too much to pass up. Some of these technologies may be strange, but some have the potential to be pretty useful. Take for example the newly unveiled plans for an inflatable wind turbine
This idea is brought to us by the same person who invented the Segway
. Though still in a prototype stage, don't laugh off the inflatable wind turbine as a silly idea, just yet. While the inflatable wind turbine is still pending patenting, it is getting a lot of press, mostly for being silly, but its portability is an aspect of its design that is revolutionary and also useful.
Being able to take electrical power generation on the go is an excellent idea and has a lot of applications for leisure. As opposed to a turbine rooted in earth, the inflatable turbine could, theoretically, be taken to the best spots for obtaining the greatest amount of wind flow and thus power generation
. It also opens up more potential locations to actually site the turbines. As these are lighter and less cumbersome than a traditional wind turbine, the inflatable wind turbine opens up a greater number of locations these turbines could potentially be placed in.
Large scale adoption of this type of technology is not a likely result. But for those who want to find unique ways of greening their lives, this could be a neat little item to bust out at an outdoor party. Though not the most mass marketable idea, this just goes to show that innovation is everywhere and the possibilities to green our lives are pretty well limitless.
The inflatable wind turbine
might not revolutionize the way we get power, but the idea is sparking interest from a lot of different companies who might be able to put the idea of a flexible, lightweight, mobile green power generation system into commercial practice. Join in the discussion in the comments below and/or share the piece.
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Chris Keenan is a green and general blog writer. He writes for many sites including Precision Garage Door
. Chris also maintains a personal house and garden blog
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Edited by Rich Steeves